Your partner or other family members won’t be allowed in the room during your ultrasound. After your ultrasound, they can be with you while your doctor talks with you about your results and treatment plan.
Penile Doppler Ultrasound
Men with erection problems often have a Doppler ultrasound, which can show the way blood flows in and out of organs. In a Doppler ultrasound, the sound waves bounce off circulating red blood cells. A change in pitch signals the movement of blood.
Blood flow is critical for a man’s erections. When a man is sexually stimulated, the arteries in his penis widen and the penis fills with blood. This blood is what gives the penis the firmness it needs for sex. Veins in the penis constrict, holding the blood in. When the stimulation stops, or when the man ejaculates, the veins widen again and allow blood to flow back into the body.
Many men with erectile function have problems with this blood flow. The arteries might not widen enough for sufficient blood to flow in. Or, the veins might not constrict enough to keep the blood from flowing out. Both situations can lead to weak erections.
The test begins with an injection of medicine, which causes an erection by widening arteries and increasing blood flow. From there, a doctor moves a small device called a transducer over against the skin of the penis. The transducer sends data to a computer so that the doctor can tell how fast blood is flowing in and out.
Possible Side Effects Or Complications
Small area of bruising (black and blue) or bleeding at the injection site. This happens more often if aspirin or anticoagulant is taken.
Feeling lightheaded after injection, which normally disappears within a few minutes. This occasionally happens in patients with nerve problems or too much overflow from the penis.
Before Your Penile Ultrasound
After Your Penile Ultrasound
During this time, your doctor will explain the results of your ultrasound. They will also talk with you about your treatment plan. Your whole appointment should take about 60 to 90 minutes.